Content posted in March 2012
PTC Primes Mathcad for Collaboration
CAD/CAM Corner 3/30/2012
In the Prime 2.0 release of its all-purpose engineering calculation tool, PTC has added features enhancing the ability to collaborate and integrate technical calculations into engineering workflows.
Slideshow: 3D Printers Make Prototypes Pop
CAD/CAM Corner 3/23/2012
3D printers are advancing on both the high and low ends of the spectrum, introducing new materials choices, color options, and price points that make the technology far more accessible to mainstream users.
Bioplastics Recycling Options Expand
Engineering Materials 3/23/2012
Although bioplastics are still a small part of the plastic waste stream, some manufacturers are talking to recyclers to develop recycling processes for their products.
Understanding Overload Failures
Guest Blogs 3/23/2012
Avoiding overload failures is a matter of understanding the forces that act on a part and the properties of the material from which it is made. Things break, but they don't necessarily have to.
PLM Syncs Up With Service
CAD/CAM Corner 3/19/2012
Companies are tying service operations into Product Lifecycle Management, expanding the reach of end-to-end design processes.
Tiny Camera Sees Nonvisible Spectra
Engineering Materials 3/16/2012
A camera chip combining hyperspectral sensing with a machine-vision-grade image sensor will help incorporate spectroscopy into industrial vision applications.
Slideshow: Design Apps for the Mobile Engineer
CAD/CAM Corner 3/15/2012
There is a growing variety of mobile design tool apps available, providing engineers with on-the-go access to everything from 3D viewing and markup capabilities, to specialized utilities and technical calculators.
Apple’s Siri Springs to Life in 3D
CAD/CAM Corner 3/8/2012
Shapeways’ contest to visualize Siri, the voice-activated personal assistant in the iPhone 4S, shows just how comfortable the general public is getting with 3D printing technology.
Case of the Skewed Chips
Sherlock Ohms 3/6/2012
The automation was working within specs for chip placement, but it wasn't working as well as it should. A step-by-step look revealed the flaw.
Former DARPA official and Google executive Dr. Kaigham Gabriel believes sensor companies think too much like suppliers and need to bring their products closer to the consumer.
One way to keep a Formula One racing team moving at breakneck speed in the pit and at the test facility is to bring CAD drawings of the racing vehicle’s parts down to the test facility and even out to the track.
Most of us would just as soon step on a cockroach rather than study it, but that’s just what researchers at UC Berkeley did in the pursuit of building small, nimble robots suitable for disaster-recovery and search-and-rescue missions.
Engineers at Festo were inspired by how a caterpillar builds its cocoon when designing its new 3D Cocooner printer.
Design engineers need to prepare for a future in which their electronic products will use not just one or two, but possibly many user interfaces that involve touch, vision, gestures, and even eye movements.
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